Ice People (2008)
While the mainstream world rolls on indefinitely, a small group of researchers traverses the snow-capped region around the South Pole for months at a time. Working in constant sunlight yet subthermal conditions, these collegiate scientists (the "Ice People" of the title) search aggressively for lingering geological traces of an ancient world now obscured by thick layers of ice. Thus begins Anne Aghion's deliberate, observational documentary, which carries the audience on a day-to-day journey with its subjects. The geological team consists of two undergraduate students and two highly esteemed professors; though they are all but cut off from the rest of the world, they experience a tremendous sense of rapport and intimacy with one another, almost by default. The men and women also soak up the terrestrial splendor of the surrounding environs, yet struggle to adjust, emotionally, to the prospect of 24-hour sunlight. They remain steadfast in their commitments to their work, however, and in their undying need to unveil evidence that will impart even a passing glimpse into a history of long ago. … More
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Critic Reviews for Ice People
The film's hesitation, lack of rhetorical inflation and commitment to humble observation generate a tough poetry. Ice People sticks in the mind.
With its lack of narration and subjective distance, the film is a uniquely meditative, psychological portrait of individuals who approach scientific exploration with the passion and fervor of artists.
An intriguing, focused and often captivating documentary filled with stunningly beautiful cinematography of the Antarctic landscape.
Global warming is the subtext, I suppose, but Anne Aghion's film is really about the gritty, quotidian nature of science.
In this painstaking, body-numbing work, finding one perfect leaf fossil is a palpable thrill.
The director, Anne Aghion, likes to fill the screen with the kinds of lonely landscapes that David Lean once used to suggest another kind of desert.
Small moments of beauty -- a helicopter landing in a self-created snowstorm -- don't compensate for the overall dullness.
In Ice People, director Anne Aghion locates the banal amidst the beautiful solitude of the Antarctic landscape and finds the beauty that emerges between the banality of the routine tasks of the polar explorers who work there.
Immersive, mesmerizing work.
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